Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
A distraught County Galway family is angry and bewildered over the failure of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore to demand the reopening of an inquiry into the suspicious death of a 34 year old man in Germany late last year.
Matthew Fitzpatrick from Portumna was found hanging in his Mannheim apartment and the authorities there deemed his death a suicide – his family insist otherwise saying that there were 34 marks on his body which haven’t been explained by the German police.
And when his body was flown home to Ireland, an independent post mortem was carried out and it was revealed at an inquest into his death that Matthew had a blunt force injury to the back of his head along with a deep injury to his lower back – injuries which were not revealed in the post mortem carried out in Germany.
Since his death two weeks before Christmas, the Fitzpatrick family has campaigned for the circumstances into his death be reexamined by German police and has brought the matter to the doorstep of the Labour leader Eamon Gilmore, who is also Minister for Foreign Affairs.
But family members are disappointed at his lack of response to their request although they have the support of officials within the Department of Foreign Affairs – however, they believe a request from the Minister to reopen the inquiry would carry a lot of weight.
“He spoke in the Dail about having a very special interest in the case but Minister Gilmore has not been in touch with our family at all”, explained Patrick Fitzpatrick, a brother of the deceased.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.